marilea.rabasa@gmail.com

No Casseroles

NAddiction is a terrible thief, stealing Angie away from us in the night. She had her whole life ahead of her.

There’s still so much shame and stigma in this country around it. Some people think it’s caused by bad parenting. Others say it’s a moral failure. Many believe it’s a choice.

Are they kidding? Who is their right mind would choose to stick a needle in his arm and live in the gutter like a wild animal?

If my daughter had cancer, friends and family would express sympathy, put their arms around me and ask if they could help.

Not so when it’s addiction. Many people look the other way, afraid to mention it. They’re not judging, necessarily; just keeping their distance.

 It’s the modern leprosy.

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